27th October 2010 Words: Matt Lamy
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The Taiwanese company Oyama has been making folding bikes since 1966 but so far they hadn’t been shipped to the UK. That’s all changing now.
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While we were at the recent Moore Large trade show we couldn’t help but notice this enticing range of folding bikes by a firm called Oyama. The Taiwanese company, which has been making folders since 1966, now produces 11 small-packaged wonders, but two models in particular caught our eye.
The first was the quick-looking Crosstown, finished in ice white and featuring familiar touches like a racing-style saddle and, unbelievably, a full Shimano Tiagra 18-speed drivetrain. The frame is made from lightweight aluminium, with the whole bike tipping the scales at a reasonable 11kg. The price for this city-centre speedster is £899.95.
Meanwhile, for those wanting more refinement, but less speed, there’s the Manhattan model shown above. Selling for £429.95, the Manhattan comes only as a singlespeed, but you get a natty Brooks-style riveted saddle and leather bar grips — not to mention those retro white-wall tyres. The weight is slightly more hefty at 12kg.